Turkey’s National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar met on Monday with his Iranian counterpart Amir Hatami in the capital Ankara.

Akar received Hatami with a military ceremony at the Turkish Defense Ministry, where national anthems of both countries were played.

Hatami greeted the escort of honor in Turkish language.

Following the ceremony, the ministers held a meeting in which regional security and defense issues were discussed.

Later in the day, Ankara will host a trilateral summit on Syria between the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran.